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OCSS Mission Statement

The Ohio Council for the Social Studies serves as the premier voice for social studies professionals in Ohio. We advocate for the vital role of social studies and assist educators through professional development for the delivery of effective and innovative instruction


Benefits of Membership

Our conferences and publications provide a network of services to members throughout the state.

Your membership supports:


The OCSS Newsletter is published four times a year. The newsletter provides information regarding teaching materials and methods, programs and projects for teachers and students, legislative trends, opportunities for professional development and more.
    Published in the spring and summer, members receive two editions a year of Ohio’s own scholarly social studies journal which offers in-depth articles and a potential opportunity to have your research and articles published.

    Conferences and Regional Workshops

    The annual  gathering of professionals offers prominent speakers in the field, job-alike networking groups, numerous break-out sessions and contacts with large and small vendors.  
    Regional, one-day opportunities are also offered.
    Ohio’s university instructors gather periodically to examine issues related to teacher preparation programs.

    Using Children’s Literature to Teach the Ohio Academic Content Standards correlates nearly 300 children’s titles to the Ohio Academic Content Standards in Social Studies. Ideal for elementary teaching methods courses and elementary teachers. Available at ocss.org.

    Professional Advocacy

    Voicing Our Opinions- Classroom teachers, university instructors, and social studies professionals from related organizations serve on the executive board. Together, we carry your voice to Ohio’s legislators and the Ohio Department of Education, advocating on behalf of social studies education.  We have testified in favor of increased social studies graduation requirements and sought equal treatment of educators’ views at public hearings on educational issues. 

    Being Part of the Process- OCSS members have served on the Ohio Model Curriculum Committee, the Ohio Licensure Committee, as well as Ohio Achievement Test content advisory and range-finding committees.

    Awards Honoring Professional Excellence

    Individual Honors

    OCSS annually recognizes members with Teacher-of-the-Year awards in elementary, middle and high school categories. There is also an award for Educator-of-the-Year recognizing a contributor from outside the classroom.

    Recognizing Student Achievement

    OCSS participates in the awards for Ohio History Day and gives the President’s Scholarship annually to an exemplary college student member who is planning a career in the field.

    Awards Include: 

    • Teacher of the Year Awards
    • Social Studies Professional Award
    • Awards for University Students
    • The OCSS President’s Award

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